Growing up, I was always overweight.
I never exercised, and I found most of my comfort through food—and not the healthy stuff; my diet was carbs, carbs, and more carbs. (I loved pasta, bread, and potatoes.)
But, while I spent most of my life overweight, I also spent that time wanting to lose weight. Taking the steps to doing so, though, always seemed overwhelming.
When I had my children, I hoped that they’d be naturally thin like their father—for my son, that turned out to be true; but my daughter began growing into a body type similar to mine. I was teased and uncomfortable in my body growing up, and I didn’t want her to go through that same experience.
I knew I needed to learn how to lose weight so I could teach my daughter how to eat healthy.
Another thing that prompted my weight-loss commitment: After divorcing my husband, I plunged back into the dating game, but I was incredibly disappointed with how I looked.
Around this time, I also moved in with my dad and stepmom, who mentioned she had done the Atkins diet years ago. She said it helped her, so I decided to give it a try—that was in February 2017.